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#1. Quite likely the twentieth century is destined to see the natural forces which will enable us to fly from continent to continent with a speed far exceeding that of a bird. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#2. In 1858 I received the degree of D. S. from the Lawrence Scientific School, and thereafter remained on the rolls of the university as a resident graduate. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#3. The demonstration that no possible combination of known substances, known forms of machinery and known forms of force, can be united in a practical machine by which men shall fly along distances through the air, seems to the writer as complete as it is possible for the demonstration to be. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#4. The beginning of 1856 found me teaching in the family of a planter named Bryan, residing in Prince George County, Md., some fifteen or twenty miles from Washington. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#5. We are probably nearing the limit of all we can know about astronomy. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#6. As years passed away I have formed the habit of looking back upon that former self as upon another person, the remembrance of whose emotions has been a solace in adversity and added zest to the enjoyment of prosperity. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#7. My first undertaking in the way of scientific experiment was in the field of economics and psychology. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#8. Until I was four years old I lived in the house of my paternal grandfather, about two miles from the pretty little village of Wallace, at the mouth of the river of that name. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#9. As the existence of a corps of professors of mathematics is peculiar to our navy, as well as an apparent, perhaps a real, anomaly, some account of it may be of interest. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#10. Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#11. I finally reached the conclusion that mathematics was the study I was best fitted to follow, though I did not clearly see in what way I should turn the subject to account. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#12. Astronomers are greatly disappointed when, having traveled halfway around the world to see an eclipse, clouds prevent a sight of it; and yet a sense of relief accompanies the disappointment. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#13. What we now call school training, the pursuit of fixed studies at stated hours under the constant guidance of a teacher, I could scarcely be said to have enjoyed. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#14. The time was not yet ripe for the growth of mathematical science among us, and any development that might have taken place in that direction was rudely stopped by the civil war. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#15. One hardly knows where, in the history of science, to look for an important movement that had its effective start in so pure and simple an accident as that which led to the building of the great Washington telescope, and went on to the discovery of the satellites of Mars. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#16. When about fifteen I once made a great scandal by taking out my knife in prayer meeting and assaulting a young man who, while I was kneeling down during the prayer, stood above me and squeezed my neck. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#17. Construction of an aerial vehicle which can carry even a single man ... requires the discovery of some new metal or force. Even with such a discovery, we could not expect one to do more than carry its owner. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#18. The reports of the eclipse parties not only described the scientific observations in great detail, but also the travels and experiences, and were sometimes marked by a piquancy not common in official documents. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#19. Whenever a total eclipse of the sun was visible in an accessible region parties were sent out to observe it. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#20. If my impressions are correct, our educational planing mill cuts down all the knots of genius, and reduces the best of the men who go through it to much the same standard. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#21. A suggestion had been made to me looking toward a professorship in some Western college, but after due consideration, I declined to consider the matter. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#22. Aerial flight is one of that class of problems with which men will never have to cope. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#23. In October, 1865, occurred what was, in my eyes, the greatest event in the history of the observatory. The new transit circle arrived from Berlin in its boxes. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#24. My father was the most rational and the most dispassionate of men. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#25. I was taught the alphabet by my aunts before I was four years old, and I was reading the Bible in class and beginning geography when I was six. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#26. I had not yet gotten into the world of light. But I felt as one who, standing outside, could knock against the wall and hear an answering knock from within. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#27. All attempts at artificial aviation are not only dangerous to human life, but foredoomed to failure from the engineering standpoint. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#28. In 1860 a total eclipse of the sun was visible in British America. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#29. Though born in Nova Scotia, I am of almost pure New England descent. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#30. My father followed, during most of his life, the precarious occupation of a country school teacher. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#31. One of the most beautiful hypotheses ever propounded in physics is ... the Dynamical Theory of Gases - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#32. James Edward Oliver might have been one of the great mathematicians of his time had he not been absolutely wanting in the power of continuous work. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#33. The result was that, if it happened to clear off after a cloudy evening, I frequently arose from my bed at any hour of the night or morning and walked two miles to the observatory to make some observation included in the programme. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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#34. A few years later the Naval Academy was founded at Annapolis, and a similar course was pursued to provide it with a corps of instructors. - Author: Simon Newcomb
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